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Death Certificates

Death Certificates

What do I need a death certificate for?

Death certificates are needed to close accounts, claim benefits, and file taxes. For legal matters, an official certificate is needed while other institutions only require a copy. Check below for scenarios on when you will likley need an original death certificate and when a copy is appropriate.
Generally needs a copy:
  • Social security
  • Banks
  • Credit cards
  • Utilities and phone companies
Likely requires an original:
  • Pensions
  • Military benefits
  • Property transfer (real estate, vehicles, etc.)
  • Insurance
  • 401Ks and stocks (if managed by stock broker, only one copy needed)
  • Selling an estate
  • Property claims
  • Closing a business
  • Future marriages

How many death certificates to I need?

Consider the number of different institutions that might need one; each bank, investment company, etc. and for each property to be transferred; house, boat, etc.
A person a modest means may only need three, while a wealthier person could need 10 or more.

How much do death certificates cost?

The State of Colorado charges $20.00 for the first certified copy ordered and $13.00 for each additional certified copy ordered at the same time. 
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